Re: [PATCH v3] block: fix blk-iolatency accounting underflow

From: Dennis Zhou
Date: Mon Dec 17 2018 - 16:28:33 EST

On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 11:42:28AM -0800, Liu Bo wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 8:04 AM Dennis Zhou <dennis@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > The blk-iolatency controller measures the time from rq_qos_throttle() to
> > rq_qos_done_bio() and attributes this time to the first bio that needs
> > to create the request. This means if a bio is plug-mergeable or
> > bio-mergeable, it gets to bypass the blk-iolatency controller.
> >
> Hi,
> I have a question about merging in plug list, since plug merges are
> done before rq_qos_throttle(), why would plug-mergeable bios bypass
> the controller?
> thanks,
> liubo

Hi Liubo,

BIO_TRACKED is tagging the bio that is responsible for allocating a new
request, so that rq_qos controllers can decide whether or not they want
to process the bio any part of the way. I should have phrased that a
little better in the commit message. It's not that the bio itself is
bypassing the blk-iolatency controller, but the blk-iolatency controller
deciding to not do anything based on the BIO_TRACKED flag. This doesn't
change any of the function calls made on a bio/request.